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Same-sex couples updating legal status after abortion ruling

Jul. 01, 2022 01:42 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Emails and phone calls from same-sex couples, worried about the legal status of their marriages and keeping their children, flooded attorney Sydney Duncan’s office within hours of the Supreme Court’s decision eliminating the constitutional right to abortion. ...

Xi defends vision of Hong Kong as 25-year anniversary marked

Jul. 01, 2022 01:13 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday defended his vision of the “one country, two systems" framework against accusations by the U.S., U.K. and others that Beijing has undermined the freedoms and autonomy promised to Hong Kong for 50 years. In a speech marking...

Thailand says Myanmar apologized for airspace violation

Jul. 01, 2022 01:12 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand said Friday that neighboring Myanmar has apologized after one of its fighter jets crossed into Thai airspace on a bombing run along the border, forcing authorities to evacuate hundreds of schoolchildren and scramble air force jets to the area. Prime Minister...

N. Korea suggests balloons flown from South brought COVID-19

Jul. 01, 2022 01:01 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea suggested Friday its COVID-19 outbreak began in people who had contact with balloons flown from South Korea — a highly questionable claim that appeared to be an attempt to hold its rival responsible amid increasing tensions. Activists for...

Abortion, women's rights grow as priorities: AP-NORC poll

Jul. 01, 2022 00:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll finds a growing percentage of Americans calling out abortion or women’s rights as priorities for the government in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, especially among Democrats and those who support abortion access. ...

Cheney presses primary foe on Trump's false election claim

Jul. 01, 2022 00:50 AM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Capitol insurrection dominated Thursday's debate in Wyoming among U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and her four Republican primary challengers, with Cheney pressing her Donald Trump-backed opponent on whether she agreed with the former president's claim that widespread fraud...

Trump's vulnerabilities for 2024 mount after new testimony

Jul. 01, 2022 00:26 AM EDT

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (AP) — Stunning new revelations about former President Donald Trump’s fight to overturn the 2020 election have exposed growing political vulnerabilities just as he eyes another presidential bid. A former White House aide this week described Trump as an...

NY legislators rewriting gun laws after Supreme Court ruling

Jul. 01, 2022 00:20 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers began a special legislative session Thursday with the intent of limiting the proliferation of firearms in public after the Supreme Court gutted the state’s century-old handgun licensing law. The state is overhauling its rules for carrying...

Navy report: Multiple errors poisoned Pearl Harbor water

Jul. 01, 2022 00:18 AM EDT

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — A Navy investigation released Thursday revealed that shoddy management and human error caused fuel to leak into Pearl Harbor's tap water last year, poisoning thousands of people and forcing military families to evacuate their homes for hotels. The...

Court leaves dwindling paths for Biden's climate mission

Jul. 01, 2022 00:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 500 days into his presidency, Joe Biden's hope for saving the Earth from the most devastating effects of climate change may not be dead. But it's not far from it. A Supreme Court ruling Thursday not only limited the Environmental...